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The Clancy Name

A Tragedy in One Act

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    Lennox Robinson 

  • Author Notes

    Produced under the name S.L. Robinson

  • Setting

    The livingroom of an Irish farmhouse.

  • Notes

    Lennox Robinson's first play.

  • Synopsis

    Mrs Clancy, an Irish farmer's widow, finds herself impoverished upon her husband's death. She borrows money from two neighbours in order to retain the farm. Mrs Clancy is keen to repay her debts and maintain the good family name. Meanwhile her son arrives back and announces that he has killed a man and is turning himself in to the police. She tries to dissuade him, and he leaves in a temper. He dies immediately afterwards trying to save a child's life. Thus Mrs Clancy's wish to maintain the family honour is achieved at a high price.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

  • Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male

    5

  • Cast Size Female

    3

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Eugene Roche Fred O'Donovan (1)
Mary Brien Eileen O'Doherty
Mrs Spillane Máire O'Neill (1)
John Clancy Arthur Sinclair
Michael Dempsey Sydney J Morgan
Father Murphy J M Kerrigan
Jerry Brien J A O'Rourke
Mrs Clancy Sara Allgood

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

  • Title

    Two Plays: Harvest and The Clancy Name

  • Year

    1911

  • Published By

    Maunsel

  • Address

    Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

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RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    The Abbey Theatre Archive

  • Address

    Abbey and Peacock Theatres
    26 Lower Abbey Street
    Dublin 1
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    00 353 1 887 2200

  • Email

    info@abbeytheatre.ie

  • Website

    www.abbeytheatre.ie

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme and Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson, with additional information from press cuttings of the time.